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Concept Phonics

Concept Phonics is an effective, affordable, research-based, multi-sensory program for teaching reading-decoding and spelling skills to students of any age. Its key features—fluency, flexibility, and concept training—have made it popular with mainstream and special education teachers, clinicians, and tutors across the country.

What is Concept Phonics about?

Concept Training

Research shows that concept training helps students transfer their learning about one vowel or structure to another without specific instructions on the new one. The training strategies of Concept Phonics™ enable almost all beginning readers to transfer their early learning to the more advanced skills needed for general reading. They also make the structures easy and fun!


Children and adults with decoding disabilities vary greatly in what they know, in the processing characteristics that allow them to learn the alphabet code, and in what they need to be successful outside of a remedial setting. A one-size-fits-all approach does not work well for many emerging readers. Concept Phonics™ promotes flexibility
in sequencing the skills taught, allowing student programs to be truly individualized.

Memory Strategies

Concept Phonics uses pictures and easy activities to teach vowel-team sounds. These memory strategies help students learn lots of new words with very little teaching time. Many teachers hang the vowel-team pictures in their classrooms so that students can refer to them as needed. Children learn to create their own pictures to help them remember how to spell large numbers of words.


Often children learn the decoding system well enough to decode almost any word, but they can’t read their school books and they won’t even read their favorite books independently. Reading is just too exhausting because the skills have not become automatic! Concept Phonics™ includes specific materials and techniques to develop decoding automaticity.

Concept Phonics is imbued with authenticity — it’s been field tested and refined for years, so the advice for teachers is practical, clear, and
to the point. Dr. Phyllis Fischer is

an expert who has given us an excellent program for teaching children how to read and spell.”



Louisa Moats, Ed.D., Director,
NICHD Early Interventions Project

Reading is a code based on rules about how the symbols of our alphabet represent sounds. Spelling is taught using both sound-symbol knowledge and memory strategies.  Our materials for teaching decoding and spelling are contained in Dr. Phyllis E. Fischer’s Concept Phonics™ program.  

“Our success with the Concept Phonics program has been exciting and measurable.  First grade students have been able to find patterns in multi-syllable words and read words they would not usually attempt until third or fourth grade....   Helping students decode the words is easier because you can explain the sounds.

After 2½ weeks with this Concept Phonics program, one second grade student’s mother told me she didn’t know why, but all of a sudden her son was interested in reading.  He reads to her every night.

It really works!”

Joanne B., Reading Resource Educator
Lewiston, Maine

“I had observed our resource teacher teaching Concept Phonics and was quite impressed.  She was curious to see if the program would work as well if insturcting a whole class.  My class of first graders became the pilot group.  Within a few weeks the results were astounding.  I saw a vast improvement in my students’ abilities both in reading and in spelling!  Another very noticeable benefit was the boost in the confidence level of my ‘reading challenged’ students who had really been struggling up to that point.  I started to see my students ‘bloom’ before my eyes!  I would confidently recommend this program to all primary grade teachers.”

Lisa F,, First Grade Teacher
Lewiston, Maine

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These features make Concept Phonics™ unique:

    The Kennedy Krieger Institute
at Vanderbilt University is using
Concept Phonics™  and one other program for 80 students who have neurofibromatosis and 80 students with dyslexia to investigate changes in brain scans and behavioral test scores after 15 hours of intensive one-on-one instruction.  Preliminary results are quite promising!